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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 11:46am

Carl, your report of your sister's quick recovery from surgery is good news, indeed. Fatigue may be a new normal for both of you. For person's as young as both of you, I imagine that will create a problem because you are still in the "Productive" stage of life. Daniel faced that problem, too. Luckily, his retirement starts soon, and he can enjoy a more leisurely pace. Slowing down is difficult;  my fervent hope is that you, your sister, and Daniel become quickly at ease with the new normal. You still have a few years to go until the usual retirement age; I am a little old lady and have no reason to resist the urge for a nap.  

I had a devil of a time finding a way to send Sammy's video. It is so "Hot!". Many of Ruth's excellent photos and videos do not come through to me; sometimes I can find them, other time  I cannot. Bummer! I"ll see if I can get "Sammy" into a readable state for everyone. 

I am glad your health care delivery system is close to you, and you have excellent attention from your entire team. Your "Attitude of Gratitude" will help your healing. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2015 at 11:00am
Got to hear Sammy! The audio works on my phone but not on my laptop. Whatever. That's a clip from the I Dream of Jeannie show! How funny. That's Doctor Bellows and Roger in the audience. I've always liked that song. Judy Garland has a great rendition as well. Sammy was one of those all around great entertainers. Sang, danced, acted. I've always enjoyed watching him.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 10, 2015 at 7:42am

Sammy came through loud and clear: "That Old Black Magic"--surprised he'd choose that song (being black and all).

Nothing special going on. Babysat my grandkids the other day. Exhausting! Took a long walk down the road yest., and noticed a woods was being logged. I asked the logger about the availability of the tops for me to cut and take home. No problem, but do I want to do it? I have enough wood for at least two seasons. I guess it can wait. Cutting firewood is a disease of sorts. It's hard to explain.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2015 at 9:14pm

Kathy, I'm elated to hear you vision is back to 20/20.   That's fantastic!  I'm really happy for you.

My sister is doing quite well.  Like me, she gets tired very easily but is healing from the surgery nicely. 

Is anybody else not hearing the audio for Joan's "Sammy" link, or is it just me?

Joan, I remember you previously saying that the staff at your cancer center became like friends, after seeing them so often.  Yes, it's becoming the same situation with me at the kidney center.  I see them very often and I have an assigned nurse to my case who calls me regularly.  I have gotten the best of care from one of the leading transplant centers in the country.  I'm so lucky to live in their back yard.  The clinic is part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  When you drive through the parking garage, you see license plates from all over the country.  I'm also proud to say that my transplant surgeon and quite a few of the doctors who have treated me have been women!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2015 at 5:15am
Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2015 at 6:28pm
Yes Ruth and my vision is 20/20. You were correct when you said it is easy and worth it. Kidney transplants, or any transplant, are a much different story. But they can give a person life. It's amazing what modern medicine can do.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2015 at 2:27pm

Thanks for your health update, Flying Atheist. <sigh> It can be hard to come back when the medicine makes you feel bad. At least you can expect things to ease over time. Meanwhile, be careful to avoid contagious people.

Ian, it will be over soon. Too bad you can't just join the ranks of the retired after your three month vacation.

Thanks for the good news, k.h. ky. I assume your vision is good now. My husband just got his second adjustable artificial lens and has to do 12 weeks of eye exercises. Did you get the traditional kind, as I did?

Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2015 at 1:41pm
Randy, not a problem! Cataract surgery is nothing. In and out in less than an hour with an excellent outcome! Nothing to it.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 8, 2015 at 8:24am

Sorry I forgot to ask about you, Kathy! It's just that cataract surgery is really no big deal, certainly not compared to a kidney transplant. Thanks, Carl, for the update. Glad to hear of your progress, albeit a slow and frustrating one.

For me, this group site is a good place to air out our problems, concerns, and happenings. Joan's move, Daniel's upcoming retirement (and health issues), Ian's work woes, Carl of course, etc. I feel quite fortunate not to have any major personal issues. I know I have a selfish streak in me, so I try to compensate by asking about others. Afterall, we all like to talk about ourselves.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 7, 2015 at 10:11pm
Joan I join you in thanking Randy for thinking to ask about Carl's health.
I had my last cataract surgery and hadn't been on here much while I was trying to put three types drops in my eye four times a day. I couldn't see much while that was being done. Now that both eyes are finished, and I'm down to two eye drop a day I'm amazed at what I can see. And the procedures were the easiest things I've ever had done.
 

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